Martinez Community Advisory Panel

Martinez Community Advisory Panel

Martinez Refinery Community Advisory Panel (CAP)

Tesoro’s Martinez Refinery formed its Community Advisory Panel, or CAP, in 1994. The CAP is an independent group comprised of local residents who serve as an interface between the management of the refinery and area residents. Tesoro meets and works with the CAP to help further educate the surrounding community about refinery operations and plans, while the CAP helps Tesoro better understand and address community questions and concerns.

Tesoro is committed to doing business in a way that involves considering and working with the community to create value for us all. While the CAP will not be asked to approve or reject any actions taken by Tesoro, the CAP is an important advisory group and Tesoro actively responds to their recommendations.

If you are interested in learning more about Tesoro’s CAP in Martinez, please contact us.

Members Include:

Tim Carr resides in Northern Concord. He attended Purdue University and is an electronics engineer with expertise in radio communications and now supplies rugged uninterruptible power supplies (UPS) for the Navy fighting ships of the world. Tim has 15 years of management experience running technical crews over 3 western states and 25 years of experience designing wide-area transmitter systems. Tim enjoys motorcycle touring and attends motor sport racing as well as home games for both the A’s and 49ers.

Deputy Ryan Nichols was born and raised in Contra Costa County. He joined the Office of the Sheriff in 2007 and has worked in a variety of assignments through the years. His most recent assignment is as the Pacheco Resident Deputy, which has him working closely with the community and with quality-of-life matters. Deputy Nichols has been a member of the Tesoro CAP since 2014.

Lt. Paul O’Mary is a Station House Commander and first responder with the Contra Costa County Sheriff’s Office. He believes it’s imperative to be a CAP member as it allows him to know what’s going on inside the refinery regarding turn-arounds and any security concerns the company may have. It also allows him to get to know the management on a first name basis so when a response from the station house is needed everyone knows each other, which makes things run quicker and smoother.

Paul Steelhammer, a resident of Clyde, came to the Bay Area in 1981 while serving in the US Navy. Following his naval service Paul went to work and retired from the East Bay Municipal Utility District as a waste water and reclaimed water plant operator.  Paul donates his time volunteering with the Boy Scouts of America, American Legion, and VFW.  Paul was attracted to the CAP due to environmental, safety, and odor issues similar to those found in the waste water industry.

Curtis Swanson is now a consulting civil engineer. Formerly, he worked for Central Contra Costa Sanitary District for 33 years and retired as Director of Operations in 2014. Curtis grew up in Concord and now resides in Alamo. He did his undergraduate and graduate studies at the University of California, Davis. Curtis is married to Christine and they have two children. He has been a member of the Tesoro CAP since 2002.

Anne Marie Taylor works as the Vice President of Advancement for John F. Kennedy University at the home campus in Pleasant Hill, CA.  She oversees all community engagement, corporate outreach, foundation/grant partnerships, alumni activities, fundraising events, and donor relations.  Her involvement with the Tesoro CAP brings the voice of nonprofit and higher education organizations to the conversation.